Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Friday, January 18, 2008

Hadden Sayers belongs in your home

Hadden Sayers belongs in your home

Friday, June 11, 2004

Artist: Hadden Sayers
Title: 12 Bars and the Naked Truth

When Hadden Sayers rolls back into Omaha on June 23rd to play Murphy’s Lounge (96th & L Streets) he’ll be promoting one of the year’s strongest independently distributed adult rock albums; 12 Bars and the Naked Truth.

Like so many significant “adult rock” artists (READ: fans are 35+), Sayers hails from the great state of Texas. On this, his fifth album, Sayers brings a ultra mature sound, distinctive from many of the Texas artists and very clearly not under the auspices of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. After his last album’s (Supersonic) edgy rock sound, Sayers has moved to a complete focus on the song and done it well. At a time when two good songs on an album has become a standard, Sayers has the skills to string together a full length album of well above average songs (a rarity in today’s ‘thanks to technology we can make albums much, much longer than really necessary’ recording industry.)

Do it for the passion. For me, today, what so many mature rock bands lack is commitment to passion: a willingness to lean into the storm and risk a bit of who they are, their control, in exchange for a well crafted song, a well performed song.

‘12 Bars & the Naked Truth’ finds Sayers singing on day-to-day live issues that many of his listeners will be able to relate to; that living in the moment is important to happiness (These are the Good Old Days) and dealing with folks you may rather not have had to deal with (Mister Know-It-All) “Why would you compromise when you’re so wise?” "You better pray for rain, you don't know rain like I do."

Sayers sexy baritone vocals set off well against his tasteful guitar licks and rhythm section that plods along solidly. What’s it sound like? Straight ahead Tom Petty coming from Texas rather than Florida.

In a possibly unconscious nod to great songwriters, like Ray Davies (Kinks) before him, Sayers sings of a Sunday afternoon but in this case the focus is on love gone awry. On the song ‘Complicated’ Sayers lays out the average male mental gymnastics of dealing with the so-called more delicate sex. “I’m easy, so easy, you can read my mind with just one look into my eyes. I’m not brilliant or amazing; wear my heart on my sleeve but that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for… but you’re so complicated it’s blows my mind. You’re so sophisticated I wonder why? I’m forgiveful, and forgetful...”

A consummate self marketer, Sayers delivers a complete entertainment package to his fans; exceptional songwriting, very strong live performances, high quality packaging & imaging, an informative website that is replete with options to interact with the pop star including downloads and merchandise. During the month of June Homer’s, along with other tastemakers in Omaha, is determined to foist this well deserving artist into your rock-n-roll orbit.

So don’t take my word for it, stop at your local Homer’s Store & check out ’12 Bars’ on a listening station or go to www.HaddenSayers.com and listen for yourself. Sayers SHOULD be a part of your album collection’s future. You’ll love the passion.

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